JOHANNESBURG TOWNSITE ( SILVER CITY )

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“Laid out as a proper townsite, in contrast to the higgledy-piggledy building of her next-door neighbor, (a fact she unabashedly called attention to now & then)." - Marcia Wynn, Desert Bonanza
Johannesburg May 1900

January, 1897: “Joburg”, as it is known to the natives, owes its existence to the discovery of gold (and other valuable minerals ) in the hills of the Rand Mining District.  The Johannesburg Milling and Water Co. laid out the town in December of 1896, with the anticipation of the arrival of the Randsburg Railroad, which occurred in December of 1897.  The company … More >


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POSTOFFICE

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March 14, 1897: “The new post office at Johannesburg will be opened tomorrow (March 12), at the hotel Saturday  Mr. Curtis’s commission as postmaster arrived a few days ago, and the mail will be the same service as Randsburg, coming here first and continuing on to Johannesburg and will be daily.”  —  Los Angeles Daily Times March 18, 1897: “The … More >


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CHURCHS

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August 25, 1897:  “A union Sunday school was established in Johannesburg last Sunday and is being well attended.” – The Herald October 22, 1897  “A Sunday school is held in the hotel parlor each Sunday forenoon.”  —  Los Angeles Daily Times January 3, 1898:  H. P. Case of Los Angeles, the Congregational Sunday school organizer for Southern California, arrived here Saturday … More >


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GOLF COURSE

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"Four"

Golf was an essential form of entertainment to the more refined element in the Rand Mining District.  While the laborers had the saloons in which to socialize the mine owners, engineers, ministers, business men, and their wives needed a more respectable place to meet.  To fulfill that need a 9 hole golf course was developed in Johannesburg in the late … More >


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BASEBALL TEAM

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"Take Me Out To The Ballgame."

  Baseball, America’s favorite sportwas played in all towns in America. Before the advent of television it was one of the major sources of entertainment for all residents. Each small town had their own team and if the population of the town dwindled so that a town could not field a team it would combine with another town, as did … More >


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JOHANNESBURG SCHOOLS

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"School's Out, School's Out, Someone Locked the Teacher Out"

Over the years Johannesburg has had three school buildings.  Although most of the earliest photos are of the interior of the school house the one on the right is an exterior view and is identified as circa 1900.  This school was located on east end of Piute Ave. between St. Elmo and  Pico.   In the Township Photo of 1900 it appears to be … More >


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WATER COMPANY

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"Water for horses cost ten cents a bucket and water for men-- well, men don't drink water in that town." - D. A. Hufford

JOHANNESBURG MILLING AND WATER CO. ( MOUNTAIN VIEW WATER COMPANY ) J. D. Browne filed an application in the office of Surveyor-General on the 24thday of June, 1896 to purchase a school section which consisted of the east one-half of sec. 36, and on November 9, 1896, a certificate of purchase, No. 13,687, was issued to him.  Browne, who was … More >


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CELEBRATIONS

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"Prize to go to the Homeliest Single Woman present, between the ages of 20 and 50."

1949: MARCIA WYNN: “Blasting powder was always a favorite means of celebrating such special events as the Fourth and the receipt of good news. During the Spanish American war it was used as “salutes” to celebrate any good tidings coming into the mining country, whether it was over in Kernville, in the mountains nearby, or in Randsburg. Anvil salutes, they … More >


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ROADS

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October 30, 1897:  “The Johannesburg Reduction works, the Water Company, and several private individuals interested have contributed the necessary funds to make a good road connecting the Stringer district with Johannesburg. – The Herald


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MARRIAGES, BIRTHS, DEATHS

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MARRIAGES November 23, 1897:  “Edmund Bryden of the Little Butte mine and Miss Belle Canawan of Ontario were married at that place November 17. The groom has built and furnished a cottage on Johannesburg Avenue and the happy couple is expected to arrive and take possession today. ” – San Francisco Call BIRTHS February 20, 1898: “ A daughter was … More >


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FOOTBALL

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January 09, 1898:  “The Johannesburg team won in the football game played last Saturday between the Randsburg and Johannesburg teams. A practice game will be played next Sunday afternoon, and a match game is in contemplation for the 15th.” – The Herald ( See Randsburg/Township/Football for story of the January 1,  1898 game between Johannesburg and Randsburg )


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